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THC Courthouse Preservation Program Threatened

On May 15, Preservation Texas issued the following advocacy alert:   THC’S HISTORIC COURTHOUSE PRESERVATION PROGRAM This nationally recognized program has saved and restored more than 60 iconic courthouses across the Lone Star State with funding from the Texas legislature. Now, the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Conference Committees cannot agree to fund the requested $20 million. With 75 courthouses, many in small towns and rural areas, still awaiting their turn to shine again, we cannot afford to lose momentum by reducing the funding and limiting the number of projects that will be funded for the next two years with…

Saving Texas’ Most Endangered Buildings

Preservation Day is an advocacy effort created and hosted by Preservation Texas to promote the protection and restoration of Texas historic buildings and places. The day included a review of funding for the Texas Historical Commission, advocacy training, a review of the organization's Most Endangered Places List and visits with senators and representatives. Anna Hudson, executive director for Preservation Texas, did a tremendous job in organizing the event, after just a little over one month in her new position. Preservation Texas held a press conference on the south steps of the Capitol, where it highlighted sites from the past 10…

Everyday Advocate

After finishing architecture school in 1997, I couldn’t help feeling there was a void in our profession. For five years, I had been living, breathing, and talking architecture. But as I graduated from Tulane, I realized that our communities lacked an understanding of the importance of architecture. I decided that getting the rest of the world to realize the importance of architecture would be my charge. I asked myself three questions. Who advocates for my newfound profession? The answer: I do. Where are the supporters? Everywhere. How do I get people to realize the effects of space and place? Help…

Advocates Show Legislators that “Design Matters”

On Advocates for Architecture Day, architects from across the state visited every Capitol office to communicate the importance of architectural design for urban planning. The message that "Design Matters," and that architects not only care about energy and resource conservation but are also doing something about it, resonated with all the legislators and staffers with whom we met. As a memento of their visit, the architects left behind a limited-edition screen print of a sketch of the Governor’s Mansion created by El Paso member Morris Brown, AIA. They also shared a copy of our 2013 Advocacy Brochure, which details the Society's…

Advocates for Architecture Day 2013

Register for Advocates for Architecture Day 2013 For more information about the event, including a list of key issues for the 83rd Legislative Session, visit the event page.  

Advocates for Architecture Day 2013

“Advocacy is to politics as marketing is to practice,” said the Society’s Senior Advocate, David Lancaster. “If you don’t actively do it, your profession and your business suffer.  “If you’re going after a project, you want to know as much about your potential client as possible,” he continued. “If you want to convince a public official on the merits of your argument, it’s easier to sell a friend than a stranger. Remember the old saw, ‘Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start digging a well.’” Over 200 members assembled in Austin January 25, 2011, for the first Advocates Day, and…

Advocates for Architecture Day 2013

Key Issues In the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, we expect challenges relating to: Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Local school design The Public-Private Partnership (P3) bill which was passed last session and will be amended during this session The overarching issue, however, is to create an awareness among legislators that good architectural design positively impacts state resources (water, energy, revenue/expenses), as well as the health, safety, and welfare (HSW) of all Texans. Help us make a difference! Why Participate? In a few days, the Texas Legislature will convene for its biannual session, during which it will write new laws and amend…

Advocacy: Architects Fight for U.S. Energy Law

by Andrew Heaton April 30, 2012 Architecturesource.com The profession must not only advocate for change with regard to what it sees as policies that do not support effective and sustainable architecture, it must also, as seen in this case, actively support existing policies which many in the profession do believe promotes and encourages optimum architectural practice. While there may be legitimate arguments both for and against the amendment outlined below, this issue highlights the broader role of the architectural profession in advocacy and policy debate. From before the days of the Roman architect Vitruvius, author of the earliest surviving written…